Posted January 10, 2014

NFL Playoffs: Maps show Broncos, 49ers, Patriots and Saints have edge in fans this weekend

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With the second round of the playoffs set to kick off this weekend, Facebook’s data editors looked at America’s rooting interests for all four Divisional Round matchups.

Each map below represents a different Division Round playoff game and displays county-by-county which team in each matchup has more Facebook fans. A darker shade of a team’s color means that the county strongly prefers that team, while lighter shades represent a closer race. The results show that while supporters of certain teams are concentrated regionally, others draw fans across the nation.

The Patriots, Saints, 49ers and Broncos have the most national appeal, according to the maps. Their fans extend from coast to coast, even though all four teams hail from distinctly unique metropolitan areas.

Fans of the Chargers, Panthers, Colts and Seahawks, meanwhile, are much more condensed within regions close to their home cities.

49ers vs. Panthers

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Colts vs. Patriots
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Saints vs. Seahawks
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Chargers vs. Broncos
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5 comments
FDowney
FDowney

I am absolutely stunned that the Patriots have that many fans nationwide--and I'm a lifelong Pats fan. You spend enough time on message boards, you figure every single person outside of New England hates them!

hatfieldcb
hatfieldcb

Bet the TV people are praying for a Carolina vs San Diego Super Bowl!!   LOL

blantz84
blantz84

can you post them at a smaller resolution next time, I find it too easy to read them.

JayReardon
JayReardon

@FDowney Nah, Pats haters are like Republicans -- fewer but much noisier and seeming do much more damage and create much more hate and ignorance.